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Sudan says "abundant" oil found in war torn Darfur
April 19, 2005
Drilling for oil has begun in Sudan's troubled Darfur region after preliminary studies showed there were abundant quantities of oil, a spokesman for the country's Energy Ministry said.
Full Article : sudantribune.com

Mbeki in Sudan
for ceasefire deal

January 03, 2005
President Thabo Mbeki has witnessed the signing of the Protocol on Implementation Modalities and the Permanent Ceasefire Agreement between the Sudanese government and southern rebels.
The signing between the government of Sudan and the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) brings to an end a 21-year civil war and paves the way for the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement on January 9.
Full Article : iafrica.com

South Africa Supports Sudan's Cease-fire With Southern Rebels
January 02, 2005
On Friday, the Islamic government of Sudan signed a permanent cease-fire with southern - and mostly Christian and animist - rebels. South African President Thabo Mbeki and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir were on hand to witness the signing of the agreement. A final peace settlement will be signed in January.
Full Article : voanews.com

Darfur Crisis Has Complex Roots
December 17, 2004
The civil war in western Sudan erupted in February 2003, when an armed rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), began a series of attacks on government forces and installations in the region.
Full Article : voanews.com

US 'hyping' Darfur genocide fears
October 03, 2004
American warnings that Darfur is heading for an apocalyptic humanitarian catastrophe have been widely exaggerated by administration officials, it is alleged by international aid workers in Sudan. Washington's desire for a regime change in Khartoum has biased their reports, it is claimed.
Full Article : guardian.co.uk

Black Muslims and the Sudan
September 13, 2004
It has taken a genocide in Darfur, where hundreds of thousands have been killed in a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing and countless more continue to die in disease-ridden refugee camps, to force influential segments of the black activist community to put aside their differences and acknowledge a long history of ongoing atrocities in the Sudan.
Full Article : inthesetimes.com

British businessman selling arms to Sudan: report
September 05, 2004
LONDON : A millionaire British arms dealer is fuelling a bloody civil war in Sudan by arranging to supply its government with tanks, rocket launchers and a cruise missile, the Sunday Times in London said.
Full Article : channelnewsasia.com

Corpses betray the truth of Darfur as deadline passes
August 31, 2004
The men of Darfur have gone. After the Janjaweed Arab militias and Sudanese military descended on these villages, teenagers, youths and grown men vanished. Many joined the rebel groups to avenge their dead relatives but others were murdered and their bodies left to carrion-eaters.
Full Article : independent.co.uk

Help the African Uniοn protect Darfur's people
August 24, 2004
There are two rays of hope, both stemming from the African Uniοn, which has energetically taken the lead on monitoring the April 8 cease-fire agreement and setting up a political process for Darfur. With little fanfare, the African Uniοn has deployed most of the observers for the cease-fire commission operating in six sites in the region - five in Darfur, one in Chad - and is currently deploying a protection force of 308 Rwandan and Nigerian troops to Darfur.
Full Article : iht.com

What's behind the crisis in Darfur?
August 21, 2004
The province of Darfur in western Sudan is the newest global hot spot. All of a sudden our corporate media are full of reports by U.S. and UK-based human rights organizations alleging mass murder, rape and ethnic cleansing.
Full Article : pww.org

The Black Book history or Darfur's darkest chapter
August 20, 2004
CAIRO -- One Friday after prayers in May 2000, as many as 1,000 copies of an unremarkable A4 manuscript appeared mysteriously in mosques and other public places in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. And not just in public places. Omar Hassan el-Bashir, the president of Sudan, found one on his desk when he returned from his devotions.
Full Article : sudantribune.com

Darfuris made pawns in Western power play for oil?
August 19, 2004
If anything betrays the true attitude of the US and European governments towards the suffering of millions of displaced people in the Darfur region of western Sudan, it is the little publicised fact that Western governments are allowing more than 2000 hungry and sick Darfuris to die every single day for want of urgently needed food, medicines and shelter.
Full Article : jang.com.pk

Enough Imperial Crusades
August 18, 2004
The Alternative to Armed Intervention in Darfur is not Passive Resignation, but Support for an African Uniοn-led Solution
What is exceptional about the violence of the government-backed Janjaweed militia in Darfur, is less its scale than the intense - if belated - international attention it has received.
Full Article : commondreams.org

Darfur exposes trait of Arab politics
August 18, 2004
But Sudan is a member of the Arab League, an organization representing 22 Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Hence, the Arab League immediately rallied around Sudan at the UN to ease pressures being placed on Bashir's regime.
Full Article : canoe.ca

Rwandan soldiers arrive in Sudan
August 16, 2004
Kagame said soldiers would use force to protect civilians, if needed
Rwandan troops have arrived in Sudan to help protect African Uniοn (AU) ceasefire monitors in the war-ravaged western region of Darfur.
Full Article : bbc.co.uk

US and France Begin a Great Game in Africa
August 12, 2004
PARIS - France and the United States have begun a new race to compete for favors with undemocratic regimes in Africa. The competition is growing particularly in the oil-rich North and West Africa.
Full Article : antiwar.com

Sudan rejects AU peace force
August 10, 2004
Sudan has rejected African Uniοn proposals to deploy more than 2,000 troops in the Darfur region to prevent further conflict.
Full Article : bbc.co.uk

SUDAN: Oil profits behind West's tears for Darfur
August 09, 2004
For at least 18 months now, Western governments have quietly stood by as the non-Arabic-speaking black farmers of the Darfur region in western Sudan have borne the brunt of a vicious ethnic-cleansing campaign carried out by state-sponsored bandits known as the janjaweed.
Full Article : greenleft.org.au

210 Darfur rebels surrender
August 07, 2004
Khartoum - More than 200 members of a rebel group fighting Sudanese government forces in the war-torn Darfur region surrendered to the authorities, official media outlets reported on Saturday.
Full Article : news24.com

Sudan agrees with UN to set up safe zones for Darfur villagers
August 07, 2004
UNITED NATIONS -- Sudan has pledged to set up safe areas for uprooted African Darfur villagers, work to disarm marauding militias and stop actions by its own troops in civilian areas, according to an agreement completed yesterday.
Full Article : theglobeandmail.com

UN says Sudan agrees Darfur steps
August 06, 2004
The United Nations says Sudan has agreed to a plan to tackle the crisis in Darfur, where thousands have been killed by pro-government militias. The measures include steps to disarm the militias and improve security.
Full Article : bbc.co.uk

How to steal Sudanese oil while pretending to be a "humanitarian"
August 03, 2004
According to Walter Kansteiner, US Under-secretary of State for African affairs, African oil "has become a national strategic interest". Ed Royce, the influential Republican senator for California and chairman of the Congress African subcommittee, maintains "African oil should be treated as a priority for US national security post 9-11" . Congress and the White House have yet to make this strategy official.
Full Article : indymedia.ie

The Mask of Altruism Disguising a Colonial War
August 01, 2004
Oil will be the Driving Factor for Military Intervention in Sudan
Full Article : commondreams.org

British soldiers on standby to avert humanitarian disaster in Darfur
August 01, 2004
British soldiers are being put on standby this weekend for possible deployment to Sudan as aid agencies warned that hundreds of thousands of lives could be at risk in the western region of Darfur.
Full Article : independent.co.uk

Sudan rejects UN resolution over Darfur
July 31, 2004
Sudan's representative at the UN al-Fateh Muhammad Ahmad Erwa said that the issuance of the resolution in such a timing reveals what he called the hidden agenda of certain countries. He added" I am unable to express when I see such unfair policy and the double- standard behavior. It is a disappointing action."
Full Article : arabicnews.com

France Ferries Aid in Chad, Soldiers to Deploy
July 31, 2004
ABECHE, Chad (Reuters) - France on Saturday flew a planeload of United Nations aid into eastern Chad where French soldiers prepared to deploy from their base in Abeche toward the border with Sudan's Darfur region.
Full Article : nytimes.com

Sudan's Crisis
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Faith in UN Intervention in Darfur Misplaced by Stephen Gowans
- August 07, 2007

Many Western activists have rallied around calls for sanctions on Sudan and UN intervention in Darfur. But a review of recent Western interventions in the world's trouble spots suggests their faith is misplaced. While the US and its allies, and the UN Security Council, point to lofty goals as the basis for their interventions, the true goals are invariably shaped by the economic interests of the corporations and investment banks that dominate policy making in Western countries.

Will Sudan be Re-Colonized?
by Stephen Gowans - June 26, 2007
The United States is maneuvering to introduce a UN peacekeeping force into Darfur, as a first step to securing control of the region's vast supply of oil. US control of Darfur's petroleum resources would deliver highly profitable investment opportunities to US firms, and scuttle China's investment in the region, thereby slowing the rise of a strategic competitor whose continued industrial growth depends on secure access to foreign oil.

Solution for Darfur Genocide: Stop Breathing
by Kurt Nimmo - June 18, 2007
According to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, "the slaughter in Darfur was triggered by global climate change and that more such conflicts may be on the horizon," reports Breitbart. "The Darfur conflict began as an ecological crisis, arising at least in part from climate change... This suggests that the drying of sub-Saharan Africa derives, to some degree, from man-made global warming... It is no accident that the violence in Darfur erupted during the drought."

US must never be allowed into Darfur
by F. William Engdahl - June 08, 2007
AFRICA must be wary of moves by the United States and its Western allies to send Nato troops into Sudan's southern Darfur region, as the move is potentially divisive. We all know that for years, the US spent sleepless nights trying to divide Africa so that it could easily exploit available resources.

Darfur? It's the Oil, Stupid
by F. William Engdahl : May 20, 2007
China and USA in New Cold War over Africa's Oil Riches
The case of Darfur, a forbidding piece of sun-parched real estate in the southern part of Sudan, illustrates the new Cold War over oil, where the dramatic rise in China's oil demand to fuel its booming growth has led Beijing to embark on an aggressive policy of--ironically-- dollar diplomacy. With its more than $1.3 trillion in mainly US dollar reserves at the Peoples' National Bank of China, Beijing is engaging in active petroleum geopolitics. Africa is a major focus, and in Africa, the central region between Sudan and Chad is priority. This is defining a major new front in what, since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, is a new Cold War between Washington and Beijing over control of major oil sources. So far Beijing has played its cards a bit more cleverly than Washington. Darfur is a major battleground in this high-stakes contest for oil control.

Whither Darfur?
by Aaron Tesfaye - August 20, 2006
The daily suffering of the people of Darfur has left Africans as well as the world scrambling for a "solution" to this intractable problem. Since Darfur borders Chad and the Central African Republic, the crisis has led Darfurians to become cross-border refugees. They have fled for survival, attempting to escape the marauding Janjaweed (Arab militias) and the central government's aerial bombardments. They live in a no man's land in tent cities in the middle of the Sahara desert.

Sudan, Oil, and the Darfur Crisis
August 7, 2004
Are the U.S. and Britain seeking a pretext for intervention in order to take advantage of Sudan's oil?

The matrix: SUDAN
Depopulation and Perception Management

by Keith Harmon Snow

Oil Drives the Genocide in Darfur
August 19, 2005
This is a resource war, fought by surrogates, involving great powers whose economies are predicated on growth, contending for a finite pool of resources. It is a war straight out of the pages of Michael Klare's book, Blood and Oil; and it would be a glaring example of the consequences of our addiction to oil, if it were not also an invisible war. Invisible?
Full Article : commondreams.org

Briton named as buyer of Darfur oil rights
June 10, 2005
A millionaire British businessman, Friedhelm Eronat, was named last night as the purchaser of oil rights in the Darfur region of Sudan, where the regime is accused of war crimes and where millions of tribespeople are alleged to have been forced to flee, amid mass rapes or murders.
Full Article : guardian.co.uk

Signing of Sudanese power-sharing deal boosts hope of peace in Africa January 01, 2005
Africa's prospects for peace brightened yesterday with the signing in Kenya of an accord to bring an end to Sudan's long-running conflict with southern rebels.
Full Article : guardian.co.uk

Mounting evidence of US destabilisation of Sudan
November 19, 2004
The two key reasons for the desire of the West, and particularly the US, to control Sudan are oil and water. Water is strategically important, given that the Blue Nile and the White Nile meet in Sudan and constitute the lifeline of Egypt immediately north. Recent pressure from Anglo-American interests led Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to question the old Nile treaties with Egypt, which has extensive interests in Sudan.
Full Article : africaspeaks.com

Past Imperfect: The Roots of Darfur
October 11, 2004
Underlying the present hostilities is not only the contemporary political conflict and competition for scarce land and water resources among rival ethnic groups, but also the long, complex history of enslavement and racism in East Africa.
Full Article : africana.com

What's behind the horror in Sudan?
September 17, 2004
LAST WEEK, the Bush administration was forced to admit that a genocide is taking place in western Sudan--carried out by a regime that the U.S. had hoped to bring into its camp. Stories of the horror committed against the African farming villages in Sudan's Darfur region finally emerged in the U.S. media, but the U.S. government's interest is anything but compassionate.
Full Article : socialistworker.org

Sudan's Darfur crisis and US/European concern
by Ayinde
Why is the West suddenly concerned about the racist Arab drive to kill off dark-skinned Africans in Sudan? This should be the question at the forefront of the minds of thinking people. The UN and the U.S. (both partners in crime) are aware that the entire White World policies today were built on the foundation of racism. It is the same racism that allows the U.S. to lie to the world and invade Iraq without the fear that they will be charged as war criminals. Who will charge the U.S. criminals? Certainly not their European counterparts.
Full Article : africaspeaks.com

US forces hunt down al-Qa'eda in Sudan
August 01, 2004 : www.telegraph.co.uk

Sudan: Round Gazillion by Stephen Gowans
The United States and Britain are playing the ethnic cleansing and genocide cards. Again. This time in Sudan. And while there may indeed be a genocide going on, it's very unlikely either country cares overly much about ethnic cleansing and the destruction of a people.
Full Article : africaspeaks.com

Why Sudan? by Karen Kwiatkowski

Darfur slaughter rooted in Arab-African slavery
By Ellen Knickmeyer
Along ancient Saharan trade routes, 1,300 years of shared history that have mingled the faiths, cultures and skin tones of Arabs and Africans have left another, more vicious legacy: Arab-African slavery that has endured as long as the two peoples have been together, leaving black Africans fighting perceptions of themselves as lesser beings and of Arabs as the civilizing, conquering force.
Full Article : seattletimes.nwsource.com

Early History

A brief history of imperialist intervention in East Africa by G. Dunkel

Darfur Crisis Task Force: Up-to-date UN Reports

Darfur Liberation Front
Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM)
Sudan Liberation Army (SLA)
Justice and Equality Movement (JEM)

Darfur region is located in the western part of the Sudan. It is bordered by Libya in the North, Chad in the West and the Central African Republic in the South West. Kordofan and Bahr El-Gazal regions border the eastern and the southern parts of Darfur respectively. The estimated population of Darfur is around 4 million, approximately 60% of whom are subsistence farmers. The major ethnic group is the Fur, hence the name Darfur [Dar = abode, darfur = abode of the Fur]. The rest are either nomadic or semi-nomadic herders. The majority of farmers live close to subsistence level. There are some small traders and local merchants, but their economic impact is insignificant.
Full Article : globalsecurity.org

Resources and Race
Extract: Darfur's Manmade Disaster by Peter Verney :mediamonitors.net

Darfur, a region the size of France, was an independent sultanate until 1916. It stretches from desert in the north to savannah in the south, interrupted midway by the Jebel Marra volcanic plateau, which boasts more rainfall and more fertile soil than the other areas. The region's people include farmers growing sorghum, millet, groundnuts and tomatoes who are mostly of black African stock and outlook, and nomadic pastoralists (raising camels in the north and cattle further south) who mostly regard themselves as ethnic Arabs. Since the 1970s, climate change has accelerated desertification, adding pressure on northerners to move southward. The tribes who now supply fighters to the janjaweed were once known as the murahilin (migrants).
Full Article : usa.mediamonitors.net

The genocide we're missing
Part of the failure to comprehend the crisis in the Sudan has been the tendency to present the political situation in its full complexity, which is beyond the grasp of all but experts. But the lineaments of it are simple enough. For more than 30 years a civil war has been fought in the vast north-east African country. State power is in the hands of the Muslim Arab population. Discrimination and repression has been visited upon groups in southern and western Sudan who are African rather than Arab, Christian-animist rather than Muslim.

In 2003 a ceasefire in this long war was obtained, and peace talks are now under way at Naivisha in Kenya. The Sudanese Government has used this lull as an opportunity to enforce "ethnic cleansing" of "disloyal" African-Muslim population groups in the western region of Darfur. They have done this by supporting and failing to restrain groups of Arab militias, who have killed more than 30,000 people, and displaced close to a million more.
Full Article : theage.com.au
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The Crisis in Sudan:
When Ethnic Cleansing Becomes Respectable

by Col. Dan Smith
Opposition to the Arab-dominated regime in Khartoum is neither new nor confined to Darfur, a large region that forms much of Sudan's western border with Chad and the Central African Republic. Peace talks in Nairobi, Kenya are down to the final fine points whose resolution will end a 21-year rebellion that pitted the largely ethnic African Christian and animist Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) against Khartoum's Arab Muslim rulers at the cost of at least 2 million lives.
Full Article : africaspeaks.com

DAFUR: the open sore of a continent
Another human tragedy is playing out in western Sudan. It is the tragedy of Dafur. The conflict in the Sudan has been described as genocide. But we shall return to this. However, let me point out that what we see in Dafur is another example of how Africans are made victims of an expansionist, and brutal external marauders who have historically taken advantage of the inherent pacifism, and some might even say indolence, of the Negroid people.

Many Africans have focused singularly on the effects of the European conquest and colonisation of Africa. And Africans have often forgotten that the history of Africa is the history of dou

Although each form of these violent penetrations of Africa remains the central basis of its historical instability, but a close study shows, that the Eastern -- that is Arab - penetration of Africa in the last one thousand years remains the most violent.
Full Article : vanguardngr.com

Overcoming divisions in central Sudan
Sudan is such a huge nation, the size of western Europe, that it is possible, confusingly, for there to be a devastating war taking place in Darfur and, at the same time, a peace process moving forward in other parts of the country.

A ceasefire was signed for the Nuba Mountains two years ago between the Khartoum government and the main rebel movement in southern Sudan, the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Army (SPLA). A few months ago, the next step in the southern peace process came; an agreement on power sharing in the Nuba Mountains.

The Nuba area is important because it is Sudan in microcosm. The people are mainly ethnic Africans, like most of the wider south, but also mainly Muslim, like most of the wider north. Many Nubans, and others in the wider south, see Arabic as the vehicle which brought them Sharia law and an Islamist government in Khartoum, both of which they oppose.

The issue of language goes to the heart of the split between Sudan's north and south, a split which is often described as "Arabs versus Africans" but is in reality a heady mix of cultural, religious, ethnic and political differences.
Full Article : bbc.co.uk

Situation in Sudan goes beyond a 'humanitarian crisis'
First, the crisis is described as a conflict between Arabs and black Africans. Yes and no. There is no question that the government of Sudan and its allies have fostered Arab ethnic and cultural chauvinism or that the militias that have perpetuated much of the violence against populations of farmers in Darfur are Arabic-speaking pastoralists. American conceptions of race, however, do not apply - all Darfurians are black in American eyes ... Full Article : durangoherald.com

Militants target oil-rich Nigeria
Western intelligence services believe that Islamic extremists are making a determined effort to penetrate West Africa, an emerging world-class oil giant, amid signs that Osama bin Laden has singled out Nigeria for jihad......Having been ignored by the USA for decades, Africa has assumed a new importance for Washington as it moves to control oil supplies in the region, centred on the Gulf of Guinea, west of Nigeria. The US military is already seeking bases in the region. Full Article : janes.com

Rising US stakes in Africa
Central/West Africa is in the early phases of an extended oil boom that will signifi-cantly enhance the global position of Nigeria and Angola and bring greater attention to emergent, unstable producers-Equatorial Guinea, Chad, and São Tomé and Príncipe, most importantly. With proven reserves of more than 60 billion barrels, the region today provides one in four new barrels of oil coming onto world markets from outside the Persian Gulf. In 10 years, if it remains attractive for invest-ment, Central/West Africa could supply up to 20 percent of U.S. imported oil, bolstering vital U.S. energy security and commercial interests. Full Article : csis.org

Patrick Bond, "'The George Bush of Africa': Pretoria Chooses Subimperialism," (Silver City, NM & Washington, DC: Foreign Policy In Focus, July 13, 2004).
Full Article : fpif.org

Chevron/Texaco Invests About Usd 9 Billion in Oil
US oil company Chevron/Texaco has invested since 2003 about Usd 9 billion in the implementation of three petroleum exploration projects and routine burning of gas on the Angolan coast. The projects are "Sanha Condensados", "Tômbwa-Lândana" and "Belize-Lobito-Tomboco", located in the provinces of Cabinda, Zaire, (north), Namibe (southweat) and Benguela (centre), which are to be concluded in the year 2005.
Full Article : allafrica.com or Full Article : Message Board

Fuel Price Discourse: Oil: Prize Or Curse? an International Quagmire
A nightmare of an unending stream of mediocre leaders turned this once burgeoning nation into a 'basket case.' The presence of eager and equally scheming multinational oil company executives, and easy access to petro-dollars, helped fan skyrocketing corruption, particularly in the public sector. This created a suitable milieu for a culture of "kickbacks," government sanctioned bunkering of oil, and the emergence of a corrupt and politically inept leadership desperate to cash in on the bonanza.
Full Article : allafrica.com or Full Article : Message Board

Nigerian Ports Will Be Shut Down July 29 If... Comrade Irabor
Secret plan by the Bureau of Public Enterprises and the World Bank to sell Nigerian Ports Authority to their cronies under the guise of Port Reforms, contrary to the genuine intention of the Federal Government. Plan by the BPE and the World Bank to exterminate the Nigerian Ports Authority. Deliberate omission of the Dockworkers issue/existence in the Ports Reform programme by the BPE. Calculated plan to deny the Dockworkers of their legitimate rights/benefits in the entire Ports Reform programme". Full Article : allafrica.com

African Troops In Darfur By End Of July: AU
Full Article : islam-online.net

Africa readies Darfur troops : Full Article : reuters.co.uk

This articles, though good, falsly claims that the AU is not doing anything about the Sudan issue.
Racism at root of Sudan's Darfur crisis
Full Article : csmonitor.com

Some good information that shows the hypocrisy of the West, but it is written from a Muslim point of view that lacks the Black reality.
History Of Colonialist Intrigue In Sudan Remains Unabated
Full Article : jihadunspun.com

This BBC article shows the US interest is still oil.
Analysis: Why the US wants Sudan peace
Full Article : news.bbc.co.uk

The Israeli media is exploiting this situation in an attempt to justify their murderous conduct towards the Palestinians.
There They Go Again, Those Arab Racists
Full Article : israelnationalnews.com

Everyone wants to exploit Black Africans, even the suffering of Black Africans. If not for material gain, they do it in an attempt to hide their own inhumane actions. Try reminding the Jews of their own role as financiers of the Atlantic Slave trade.
Portugal, the mother of all slavers Part II
Full Article : africasia.com

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